Work Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I decide which Work Experience (OCED 090 or 091) is right for me?
     
  2. Do you need a job or volunteer position to register for Work Experience?
     
  3. I am self-employed. Do I qualify Work Experience?
     
  4. How can I determine if my current job qualifies me for Work Experience?
     
  5. I am currently volunteering without being paid. Do I qualify for  Work Experience?
     
  6. What is required of my employer?
     
  7. How many units can I earn for my paid work?
     
  8. How many units can I earn for my unpaid, volunteer or internship work?
     
  9. How do I enroll?
     
  10. Can I take Work Experience and not attend the weekly class/seminar and individual conferences?
     
  11. How many units can I earn per semester?
     
  12. Will Work Experience units assist me in meeting full-time academic status, for programs such as financial aid, federal work-study, child care center, parent's insurance, veteran’s assistance, etc.?
     
  13. How do Work Experience units relate to graduation requirements?
     
  14. Are Work Experience Units transferable?
     
  15. Will Work Experience qualify under Veteran’s benefits?
     
  16. I have already taken Work Experience. Can I take it again?
     
  17. Do I need to have a minimum number of units to take Work Experience?
     
  18. Why should I take Work Experience?

 

How do I decide which Work Experience (OCED 090 or 091) is right for me?

Occupational Work Experience

OCED 090

General Work Experience

      OCED 091        

Occupational

Soft Skills

OCED 070

Occupational

Portfolio Developement

OCED 071

Job related to Declared Major Job not related to Major No employment required No employment required
Earn 1-6 units per semester. Earn 1-6 units per semester 1 1/2 units 1 1/2 units
Student may take up to 16 units total over multiple semesters* Student may take up to 6 units total over multiple semesters*

Not repeatable. Not available to students

who have passed OCED 101

Not repeatable. 
12 and 8 week traditional sections attend weekly 1 hour classroom seminar, submit required paperwork, complete written self-analysis. 8 week online sections only 8 week online section only
Full Semester Online* sections available.
*NOTE: Online sections require a one time in-person orientation normally held the first Friday evening and Saturday afternoon of the semester. Please re-arrange your schedule accordingly as this in person meeting is mandatory.

Spring 2016 Orientation Schedule for Online OCED Students
Choose to attend one of the following meetings. Both will be held on the Fairfield campus in Building 1800 room 1818. 
1. Friday, January 15  6-8 pm
2. Saturday, January 16  12-2 pm

 

   
1 unit = 75 hours paid work per semester    
1 unit = 60 hours unpaid internship or volunteer work per semester    
Currently employed (paid or unpaid) for a licensed business in the public or private sector.    
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Do you need a job or volunteer position to register for Work Experience?

OCED 090/091: Yes. You need to be working or volunteering in a position that is related to your declared major for OCED 090. For OCED 091 your job does not need to be related to your major.  While the Work Experience Office is not a placement service we sometimes have unpaid positions available. We also have a Student Placement Office on campus, which specializes, in job placement.

 

OCED 070/071 is NOT a Work Experience class and no job is required.

 

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I am self-employed. Do I qualify for Work Experience?

OCED 090/091: Perhaps. Discuss this with your Work Experience Coordinator. You will need to provide a copy of your business license and a mentor who will be able to evaluate your work and verify your hours - the mentor should not be a family member.

 

OCED 070/071 is NOT a Work Experience class and no job is required.

 

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How can I determine if my current job qualifies me for  Work Experience?

 

OCED 090/091: You must be able to demonstrate that you can learn something new and different in your current position and identify a supervisor at your job to work with you. Some in-home care positions do not qualify or may require additional documentation.

 

OCED 070/071 is NOT a Work Experience class and no job is required.

 

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 I am currently volunteering without being paid. Do I qualify for Work Experience?

 

OCED 090/091: Yes. If you work for a legitimate, non-profit organization and can substantiate the type of work, hours worked, etc.

 

OCED 070/071 is NOT a Work Experience class and no job is required.

 

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 What is required of my employer?

 

OCED 090/091: We ask that your employer assist you in developing new learning objectives related to your job and/or your major, assist you in achieving the goals over the course of the semester, meet briefly with the work experience instructor via in-person, email and/or phone, verify your work hours, and provide an evaluation of your performance at the end of the semester.

 

OCED 070/071 is NOT a Work Experience class and no job is required. No employer involvement is necessary.

 

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 How many units can I earn for my paid work?

 

OCED 090/091: Each 75 hours completed on the job is equivalent to one (1) unit of credit. The number of hours per week this will require depends on the length of your course.

 

For a full semester figure 1 unit for each 5 hours per week you work  (30 hours per week = 6 units, 25 hours per week = 5 units, 20 hours per week = 4 units for OCED 090,  15 hours per week = 3 units for OCED 091, 10 hours per week = 2 units, 5 hours per week = 1 unit).

 

12 week and 8-week courses require more hours per week (since there are fewer weeks) to fulfill the requirement.

 

 HOW MANY HOURS TO WORK INFORMATION SHEET

 

OCED 070/071 is NOT a Work Experience class and no job is required. You do not need to track hours for OCED 070.

 

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 How many units do I get for my unpaid, volunteer or internship work?

 

OCED 090/091: Each 60 hours completed on the job is equivalent to one (1) unit of credit. The number of hours per week this will require depends on the length of your course.
 

For a full semester figure 1 unit for each 4 hours per week you work (20 hours per week = 4 units for OCED 090,  15 hours per week = 3 units for OCED 091, 10 hours per week = 2 units, 5 hours per week = 1 unit).

 

12 week and 8-week courses require more hours per week (since there are fewer weeks) to fulfill the requirement.

 

 HOW MANY HOURS TO WORK INFORMATION SHEET

 

OCED 070/071 is NOT a Work Experience class and no job is required. You do not need to track hours for OCED 070/071. 

 

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How do I enroll?

 

OCED 090/091: You enroll in Work Experience just as you do for other courses. You may also join the program during the first week of classes. You may not enroll in both

 

OCED 90 and 91 during the same semester or enroll in more than one section. You may not count the same hours for OCED in any other work experience or practicum course.

 

 OCED 070/071 - enroll as for any other course. No restrictions on what other courses you may take.  

 

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Can I take Work Experience and not attend the weekly class/seminar and individual conferences?

 

OCED 090/091: No. The weekly classes/seminars are mandatory and are an important part of the program.

 

 OCED 070/071 - Weekly participation is required as for any other course.

 

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 How many units can I earn per semester?

 

 For Spring 2016 we are offering:

 

 OCED 090

 For a full semester section you may earn from 1 – 6 units.

 For a 12-week semester you may earn from 1 – 4 units.

 For an 8-week section you may earn from 1-3 units.

 

 OCED 091

 For a full semester section you may earn from 1 – 4 units.

 For a 12-week semester you may earn from 1 – 3 units.

 For an 8-week section you may earn 1-2 unit.

 

 OCED 070

 8-Week 1 1/2 unit section beginning in January. 1 1/2 unit section beginning in March. Offered online only.

 

OCED 071

8-Week 1 1/2 unit section beginning in March. Offered online only.

 

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Will Work Experience units assist me in meeting full-time academic status, for programs such as financial aid, federal work-study, child care center, parent's insurance, veteran’s assistance, etc.?

Yes – but Veterans be sure to check with your counselor to make sure Work Experience is part of your plan.

 

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How do Work Experience units relate to graduation requirements?

 

Work Experience units are considered elective units in most majors. They are required in others. See your counselor for guidance.

 

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 Are Work Experience units transferable?

 

OCED 090/091: Yes. They are transferable to the CSU system – generally up to 12 units as elective credit. Be sure to check with your counselor.

 

OCED 070/071 - Transferable to CSU.

 

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Will Work Experience qualify under Veteran’s benefits?

 

Yes. Veterans must be eligible for vocational programs and have elective units available. See the Veteran’s counselor for more guidance.

 

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 I have already taken Work Experience. Can I take it again?

 

OCED 090: You may take OCED 090 up to 16 units over multiple semesters. Note: Continuing students will not be able to add the course via MySolano. You must enroll in person through admissions or email debra.berrett@solano.edu with your enrollment request. 

 

OCED 091: You may take OCED 091 up to 6 units over multiple semesters. Note: Continuing students will not be able to add the course via MySolano. You must enroll in person through admissions or email debra.berrett@solano.edu with your enrollment request.

 

OCED 070- You may take this course 1 time only. This course is not available to students who previously completed OCED 101.

 

OCED 071- You may take this course 1 time only. 

 

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 Do I need to have a minimum number of units to take  Work Experience?

 

Not anymore. Recent changes in Title 5 no longer require the 7 unit minimum to take OCED 090 or 091. Some materials (catalog/schedules) may take longer to reflect this change.

 

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 Why should I take Work Experience?

 

A portion of the program is a performance evaluation, which includes objectives that can help raise your standard of job performance (no matter how long you have been at a particular job). This puts you in a better position for:

  •  Salary increases
  • Job satisfaction
  • More interesting job assignments
  • Promotion
  • More challenging work 
     

 You are encouraged to improve your performance in the specific area where your employer feels you need improvement.

 

When you initiate goal-setting patterns on your job, you speed up progress on the job. This is an important concept to practice. When goal setting becomes a part of your routine, it can greatly benefit your future life-style.

 

Many employers like to see people put an effort into becoming more skilled at workplace values and habits. Often, when all else is equal, an employer will choose the person who has had some kind of work experience. They know that person has been exposed to valuable work related concepts.

 

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